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2017 Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant – Request for Proposals

 

The NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will provide funding for projects that reduce diesel emissions. Awarded projects are expected to begin in January 2018 and must be completed by September 30, 2018.

The Division of Air Quality reserves the right to award less than the total amount of funding available. Additionally, DAQ may also increase funding to an awarded project in good standing if additional funding becomes available.

Eligibility

Any private or public sector entity or individual stationed in North Carolina is eligible.

Available Funding

Approximately $261,700 is available for all projects funded statewide. The DAQ expects to fund several projects.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by e-mail, fax or postmarked by Friday, December 15, 2017 to be considered.

Project Type Funding

Project Type

DERA Grant Amount Paid

Minimum Mandatory Cost Share

Diesel Locomotives Unregulated Tier 2/Regulated Tier 2+

 

 

 

 

 

Remanufacture

40%

60%

Retrofits

100%

-

Idle Reduction/Shore Power

40%

60%

On-road Classes 5-8 Diesel Trucks/Types A, B, C, D School Buses

 

 

Clean alternative fuel conversions, where the old chassis is retained but the engine is replaced or converted to an alternative fuel

40%

60%

Retrofits (exhaust type, e.g. diesel particulate filter)

100%

-

Idle Reduction

 

 

Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) for engine model year 1995-2006 ONLY

25%

75%

Electrified Parking Spaces

 

 

Costs associated with the equipment and installation to provide off-board electrical power to heating/cooling/electrical systems of hoteling trucks or to plug-in trailer refrigeration

30%

70%

Nonroad Diesel Engines for Construction/Agriculture/Mining/Energy Production

 

 

Retrofits

100%

-

Engine replacement

 

 

Diesel/Alternative Fuels

40%

60%

Low NOx

50%

50%

All-Electric

60%

40%

Vehicle/Equipment replacement

 

 

Diesel/Alternative Fuels

25%

75%

Low NOx

35%

65%

All-Electric

45%

55%

 

project requirements

 

General

  • All applicants must comply with all appropriate North Carolina State Laws.

  • All applicants must apply, in writing, to the NC Department of Environmental Quality, NC Division of Air Quality.

  • All equipment funded must be EPA verified or California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified
  • All new equipment must be EPA verified or CARB certified.
  • For alternative fuel conversions, EPA/CARB certified kits must be used and a certificate provided.
  • A copy of the EPA/CARB certificate of emissions must be provided with replacement, repower or clean fuel engine conversions.

  • Funds cannot be used for fueling infrastructure projects.

  • No funding for marine repower, replacement or upgrade projects.

  • No standalone cleaner fuel projects unless combined with another clean diesel project on the same vehicle (e.g. repower).

  • Funds shall not be used to meet compliance for emissions reductions that are mandated under federal law.

  • Funds shall not be used as incentives.

  • Funds cannot be used for emission reductions that result from vehicle/equipment replacements or repowers that would have occurred through normal attrition/fleet turnover within 3-years of the project start date.

  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of vehicles, engines or equipment to expand a fleet.

  • Funds under this award cannot be used as matching funds for other federal grants.

  • No funds awarded under this grant shall be used to retrofit technologies on EPA’s or CARB’s “Formerly Verified Technologies” lists, see links below:

  • Funds cannot be used for emissions testing and/or air monitoring.

  • Funds cannot be used to purchase aerodynamic technologies or low rolling resistance tires.

  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of idle reduction technologies unless they are combined on the same vehicle with a new installation of verified exhaust controls funded under this same award, except for locomotives and previously retrofitted school buses.

On-road
  • Funds cannot be used for light-duty highway vehicles.

Summary of Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucks, School and Transit Buses Funding Restrictions

 

Retrofit Technology

Engine Replacement

Current Engine Model Year

DOC +/- CCV

DPF

SCR

Verified Idle Reduction

Replacement Engine Model Year 2017+ (2012+ for Drayage)

All-Electric

Older – 1994

No

No

No

No

No

No

1995 – 2006

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

2007 – 2009

No

No

Yes

Yes*

No

Yes

2010 - Newer

No

No

No

No

No

No

*APUs and generators are not eligible on vehicles with engine model year 2007 or newer.

Nonroad
  • Funds cannot be used to replace nonroad engines and equipment that operates less than 500 hours per year.

  • Funds cannot be used to retrofit, repower, upgrade or replace a nonroad engine or equipment that has less than seven years of useful life remaining. A table distinguishing which nonroad engine model years EPA has determined to have at least seven years of useful life remaining can be found at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-10/documents/fy14-nonroad-remaining-useful-life.pdf.

Summary of Nonroad Engine Funding Restrictions

Current Engine Horsepower

Current Engine Model Year and Tier

Equipment Replacement

Verified Exhaust Technology

Tier 0 - 2

Tier 3 – 4i

Tier 4

All-Electric

0 - 50

2005 and Newer; Unregulated – Tier 2

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

51 - 300

1995 and Newer; Tier 0 – Tier 2

No

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Yes

51 - 300

1995 and Newer; Tier 3

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

301+

1985 and Newer; Tier 0 – Tier 2

No

Yes*

Yes

Yes

Yes

301+

1985 and Newer; Tier 3

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Current Engine Horsepower

Current Engine Model Year and Tier*

Engine Replacement Model Year 2017+

Verified Engine Upgrade

Tier 0 - 3

Tier 4

All-Electric

0 - 50

2005 and Newer; Unregulated – Tier 2

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

51 – 300

1995 and Newer; Tier 0 – Tier 3

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

301 – 750

1985 and Newer; Tier 0 – Tier 3

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

751+

1985 and Newer; Tier 0 – Tier 2

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

*Tier 3 and Tier 4 interim (4i) allowed for equipment replacement only when Tier 4 final is not yet available from OEM for 2017 model year equipment under the Transition Program for Equipment Manufacturers.

**Previous engine model year engines may be used for engine replacement if the engine is certified to the same emission standards applicable to engine model year 2017.

Locomotives
  • Funds cannot be used to retrofit, repower, replace, upgrade or install idle reduction technologies on eligible locomotives that operate less than 1,000 hours per year.

  • Funds cannot be used for locomotive shore connection system projects that are expected to be utilized less than 1,000 hours/year.

  • Tier 0+, Tier 1+, Tier 2+, Tier 3 and Tier 4 represent locomotives manufactured or remanufactured under the more stringent Tier standards promulgated under the 2008 (current) locomotive and marine rule.

  • Tier 0, Tier 1, Tier 2 represent locomotives originally manufactured or remanufactured under the less stringent Tier standards promulgated in 1997.

Summary of Locomotive Engine Funding Restrictions

Current Locomotive Tier

Locomotive Replacement or Engine Replacement: Engine Model Year 2017+*

Verified Exhaust Controls

Idle-Reduction Technology

Certified Remanufacture System

Tier 0+ - 3

Tier 4

All-Electric

Unregulated - Tier 2

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Yes

Tier 2+ Switcher

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes**

Yes

Tier 2+ Line Haul

No

No

No

Yes

Yes**

Yes

Tier 3 – Tier 4

No

No

No

No

No

No

* Previous engine model year engines may be used if the engine is certified to the same emissions standards applicable to engine model year 2017+.

** Automatic engine start-stop technologies are only eligible to be installed on locomotives currently certified to Tier 0 or unregulated.

How to Submit Your Proposal

The appropriate application type, that best corresponds to your project type (nonroad or on-road), can be downloaded from DAQ’s Motor Sources Emissions Reductions Grant webpage at http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-air-quality/mobile-source-emissions-reduction-grants. If you have questions about which application to use, please contact Phyllis Jones at 919-707-8424 or via e-mail at DAQ.MSCB.NCDAQGrants@ncdenr.gov.

Proposals can be submitted to the NC Division of Air Quality by e-mail, fax, USPS or FedEx/UPS. Applications must be received by e-mail, fax or postmarked by Friday, December 15, 2017 to be considered. The preferred method for submittal is by e-mail.

Please send completed applications addressed to Phyllis Jones. For e-mail and fax submittals, please include 2017 DERG Proposal in the subject line.

  1. E-mail (preferred method): DAQ.MSCB.NCDAQGrants@ncdenr.gov

  2. Fax: 919-715-0718

  3. Mail: 4) FedEx/UPS:

    Phyllis Jones Phyllis Jones

    NC Division of Air Quality NC Division of Air Quality

    217 W. Jones Street 217 W. Jones Street

    1641 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27603

    Raleigh, NC 27699-1641

     

    Acceptable Signature Formats

    There are several signature methods accepted for proposals,

  • Word format using a digital signature (preferred method)

  • PDF format with a digital or hand signature

  • Hard copy with hand signature

 

project selection criteria

The following outlines the project selection criteria. The total points possible is 100.

Cost Effectiveness ($ funded per tons reduced):

Cost effectiveness is based on applicant provided information using the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) software tool, the Diesel Emissions Quantifier (https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/diesel-emissions-quantifier-deq)

25 points

Emissions Reductions or Quantitative Benefits: emission reduction calculation based on applicant provided information

25 points

Other Benefits: e.g. health, less fuel used, etc.

20 points

Sustainability of the Project: longevity of the funded equipment and additional long term benefits

15 points

Timeliness: ability to provide high quality emission reductions in a timely manner, eg., project complete and providing emission reductions by January 30, 2019

10 points

Other Selection Criteria: employed as necessary for the selection of proposals

5 points

 

Schedule for 2017 Diesel Emissions Grants

Task

Date Completed

Request for Proposals Open

November 21, 2017

Request for Proposals Close

December 15, 2017

Proposals processed and awardees selected

December 18-22, 2017

All applicants notified of their application status

Week of December 31, 2017

Awardees submit required documentation for contracts

January 8, 2018 – January 19, 2018

Awardee contracts are processed

January 22, 2018 – February 2, 2018

Awarded projects’ work begins

February 5, 2018

All diesel emissions reductions grant projects completed

August 31, 2018

Invoices and final reports submitted to DAQ

September 30, 2018

 

Receive Grant Notifications

Send an e-mail request to daq.mscb.ncdaqgrants@ncdenr.gov to receive notification of future grants with the following information: Enter "Grant Notification" in the subject line and include name, telephone number, affiliation and e-mail address or addresses to which you want the notification sent.